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Key Technologies

Simulation with high-performance computers, research with neutrons, imaging techniques for medicine, nanotechnology methods – these techniques allow research to achieve new scientific breakthroughs today.

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Supercomputers have established themselves as an indispensable tool for science and industry. Material properties, environmental forecasts, aerodynamics or insights into protein structures – today’s simulation science uses powerful supercomputers to solve problems that theory or experiment could not possibly address alone. Scientists from all over the world use the Jülich supercomputers for their research, supported by the experts at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC).

More on supercomputers at Forschungszentrum Jülich (JSC)

Electron Microscopy

Since the early 17th century, scientists have made use of microscopes to make visible what was until then inaccessible to the human eye – today, it is even possible to resolve atomic structures. The interplay of atoms determines the properties of materials and components. An understanding of the fundamental phenomena and processes is a decisive basis for developing novel material combinations with special properties.

More on electron microscopy (ER-C)

COSY Particle Accelerator

Nuclear physicists at Jülich conduct basic research in the areas of hadron physics, particle physics, and nuclear physics. This is mainly intended to extend our understanding of the properties of nuclei and hadrons. Emphasis is placed on further developing the COSY cooler synchrotron, which was put into operation in 1993, as well as planning, preparing and installing experimental equipment at this large-scale facility, and also theoretical work accompanying the scientific programme. In the 180-metre-long vacuum tube, protons can be accelerated to 96 percent of the speed of light.

More information on the COSY accelerator ring

Medical Imaging Techniques

Today, imaging techniques such as MRI and PET provide neurological research with insights into the anatomy, function and processes in the living brain that were inconceivable just a few decades ago. This allows us to better understand how the human brain changes in the course of a lifetime and how anomalous changes can be detected more reliably.

More on medical imaging techniques (INM-4)

Additional Information


Thomas Bierschenk
Tel: +49 2461 61-9366

Christina Hallen
Tel: +49 2461 61-4662

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